The 4th Annual Dirty Awards ended abruptly tonight when violence erupted at the Georgia International Congress Center near downtown Atlanta.
The 2008 Dirty Awards presented by Radio One’s HOT 107.9, started off without a hitch tonight as rap stars T.I., Ludacris, Rick Ross, Trina, Rocko and singer Monica, Diamond & Li’l Scrappy, Common, and others walked the red carpet.
My spies tell me T.I. and Shawty Lo showed a unified front backstage before the event. The two rappers even took pictures together.
But problems began during Shawty Lo’s performance when he asserted his ownership of the South. Next thing you know, a chair flew onstage and police rushed forward to restore order.
T.I. promoted non-violence and Peace during his performance. He ended his speech with, “AND YOU KNOW BANKHEAD RUNS THIS!” Just then, Shawty Lo’s crew rushed the stage and fists flew. Attendees jumped on top of tables to avoid small fights that broke out near the stage.
According to sources, the police pepper sprayed bloodied Grand Hustle rapper Alfa Mega in order to subdue him. The thick clouds of mace sent guests running to the exits.
Daytime talker "The Tyra Banks Show" is moving to the CW's afternoon block in September, after airing in syndication for four seasons.
Economics played a role in its move out of syndication as stations are forced to make budget cuts amid the economic downturn. To cut costs, "Tyra's" production schedule will be cut to 26 weeks from 34, with an episode from the first four seasons airing at 3 p.m. and a new installment airing at 4 p.m. "Tyra" repeats also will continue to air in late-night on women's cable channel Oxygen.
Meanwhile, the CW is close to renewing Banks' "America's Next Top Model" for a 13th cycle.
"Tyra Banks" this season is averaging a 1.0 household rating, off 9% from the same period a year ago, which puts it in a different league from higher-rated talkers including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dr. Phil" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which is the only talker up year-over-year. But it's also averaging a 1.0 among women 18-34 -- the CW's target -- up 25% from a year ago and fourth among all talkers.
One of Georgia’s top elected officials is feeling the pain of the housing industry slump in a very personal way.
State Schools Superintendant Kathy Cox and her husband, a homebuilder, last week filed for personal bankruptcy, citing more $3.5 million in liabilities and less than $650,000 in assets, according to court documents.
Most of the debt relates to John Cox’s business, Pebble Hill Homes, which he started in Fayetteville in 2001, the filing indicates. Kathy Cox, who makes about $125,000 a year, has no role in the business but is a co-signer on loans for it, a spokesman said.
As homebuilding slowed to a crawl last summer, Pebble Hill and the Coxes came under siege from creditors, the filing shows, and Kathy Cox’s salary alone was not paying the family’s expenses.
In what Kathy Cox described in a statement as a “gut-wrenching decision,” the couple on Monday filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
“I want to be clear … that this filing does not affect my ability to perform the duties of my job as state superintendent of schools,” Cox said in the statement, issued through spokesman Dana Tofig. Tofig on Saturday said she would not comment further.
The filing came barely two months after Cox won $1 million on the television game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” She said at the time she would donate the winnings to two schools for the deaf and one for the blind. Tofig said she will honor that plan and has already set up a “gift foundation” to handle the money.
A Chapter 7 filing allows debtors to keep and continue paying for some assets deemed exempt, such as homes and cars, while others are liquidated to pay creditors. The Coxes’ filing was first reported Friday in the Times-Herald of Newnan, where it occurred.
When you're looking to quickly scratch a few names off your Christmas list, those gift-card trees at the grocery store sure are tempting.
But with retailers struggling this holiday season, and big names like Circuit City closing stores and filing for bankruptcy protection, some consumer advocates warn that store gift cards are the gifts that may stop giving.If you buy a gift card from a retailer that goes bankrupt, it's uncertain when, or if, it can be redeemed, experts say. (Source)
Obama has chosen former Sen. Tom Daschle to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the former Senate majority leader has indicated he wants the job, three sources close to the transition told CNN Wednesday.
The sources said that Daschle negotiated that he will also serve as the White House health "czar," or point person, so that he will report directly to the incoming president.
By wearing two hats, Daschle -- not White House staffers -- will be writing the health care plan that Obama submits to Congress next year.
Comedian Wanda Sykes says the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California has led to her be more outspoken about being gay.
"You know, I don't really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn't feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life," Sykes told a crowd at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday.
"Everybody that knows me personally they know I'm gay. But that's the way people should be able to live their lives," she said.
Sykes, who is known for her feisty and blunt style, said the passage of California's Proposition 8 made her feel like she was "attacked."
"Now, I gotta get in their face," she said. "I'm proud to be a woman. I'm proud to be a black woman, and I'm proud to be gay."
Sykes' appearance at the Las Vegas rally surprised organizers. She was in town performing at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
by Frank James
So which magazine was the first to get a sit down interview and photo shoot with President-elect Barack Obama?
Ebony Magazine, which was visited by the president-elect at its Chicago offices in the Michigan Ave. headquarters building of its parent, Johnson Publishing Co.
That Obama would give his first magazine and photo session to Ebony seems fitting. The magazine was a pioneer in publishing in much the way Obama's a trailblazer in politics.
Evolved from Negro Digest, which was founded in 1942 by John Johnson, Ebony for decades was one of the few periodicals African-Americans could turn to for images and stories about black strivers and movers and shakers rarely ever seen in the mainstream media.
A black person who made it to Ebony's cover had really made it in the larger sense. Obama is the ultimate African-American striver.
Also, the company's present chairman and chief executive Linda Johnson Rice, the founder's daughter, has long been a member of Chicago's black business and political aristocracy into which the Obama's have vaulted in recent years.
So all told, not a surprising choice that Ebony got Obama first.
The following is from Ebony's announcement of its coup of its interview yesterday:
The exclusive interview and cover shoot, held at the headquarters of Johnson Publishing Co. in Chicago, will be the centerpiece of Ebony magazine's January 2009 commemorative issue, which goes on sale nationwide Tuesday, December 9.
President-elect Obama spoke to Ebony magazine editorial director Bryan Monroe on a wide range of issues, including his historic election and international reaction, the future of America and how he hopes to tap the enthusiasm of the millions of supporters who have been mobilized by his election.
"I'm very humbled by the fact that I stand on the shoulders of all the people who made these incredible contributions to lift this country up," Obama told Ebony on Thursday. (Source)
*A rep for Whitney Houston's label Arista Records is denying reports that a photo of the singer that recently appeared online is the cover art for her new comeback album.
"The allegedly 'new' Whitney Houston album cover circulating throughout the Internet is not a legitimate album cover for Ms. Houston's forthcoming Arista disc," read a statement from the label.
"Ms. Houston is still recording and we look forward to unveiling new music along with the official album cover in due time."
Entertainment Weekly reported that the phony album cover – featuring Houston in a black bathing suit with a plunging neckline and sporting a long wavy weave – was actually created by a fan.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A Dutch court convicted two men Wednesday for attempting to infect 14 victims with HIV in a bizarre sex case.
The Groningen District Court found the two guilty of severe assault for injecting semiconscious men with HIV-infected blood at sex parties between January 2006 and May 2007.
Peter M., 49, who was also convicted of rape, was sentenced to nine years in prison and Hans J., 39, received a five-year sentence. Under Dutch privacy laws, the surnames of convicted criminals are not released.
BERLIN – An American man who suffered from AIDS appears to have been cured of the disease 20 months after receiving a targeted bone marrow transplant normally used to fight leukemia, his doctors said.
While researchers — and the doctors themselves — caution that the case might be no more than a fluke, others say it may inspire a greater interest in gene therapy to fight the disease that claims 2 million lives each year. The virus has infected 33 million people worldwide.
Dr. Gero Huetter said Wedneday his 42-year-old patient, an American living in Berlin who was not identified, had been infected with the AIDS virus for more than a decade. But 20 months after undergoing a transplant of genetically selected bone marrow, he no longer shows signs of carrying the virus.
"We waited every day for a bad reading," Huetter said.
It has not come. Researchers at Berlin's Charite hospital and medical school say tests on his bone marrow, blood and other organ tissues have all been clean.
CBS has announced extensive measures to boost the diversity of its network-owned daytime lineup. The initiative, by CBS Diversity Institute and Casting, is aimed at providing better access for minority actors and actresses to on-screen roles on The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. The Diversity Institute is a comprehensive program designed to identify and develop diversity within the writing, directing, and talent communities.
"Diversity requires action and we see this as a very intentional way of bringing attention to actors of color and continuing to open doors to the most successful daytime franchises in history with this new and additional avenue of access," said Josie Thomas, CBS Senior Vice President, Diversity.
"With our daytime dramas on the air year-round, this is a remarkable opportunity for new talent to be seen by the highest number of people possible in this medium," adds Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS.
Viewers have been critical of the lack of diversity in daytime television. While African American actors are regularly featured on the soaps, many soaps limit the scope of Black performers to a single family or limit their interaction to involve only other minority performers. Latino characters have been much more present in recent years, but many soaps offer negative and stereotypical roles for these characters, focusing on drug trafficking or other illegal activities. The number of Asian American lead characters seen on soaps in the past decade can be counted on one hand.
In a much-publicized exit interview, actress Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters) blasted executives at The Young and the Restless for "whitewashing" the show.
"When Y&R was at the top of its game, our soap boasted daytime’s only racially diverse cast on TV," Rowell told TV Guide Canada last year. "[B]ut [Y&R distributor] Sony [and] CBS refuse to admit that Y&R’s primary audience is black. And now the show has what? Two black actors — which adds up to one because they are mixed!"
Actors of color who are 18 years and older can submit resumes and photos electronically by logging onto www.breakdownexpress.com under the breakdown: CBS Daytime Diversity Initiative
Or submit a hard copy of a resume and photo to:
CBS Daytime Diversity Initiative
Cole Ave Studios
1006 N. Cole
Hollywood CA 90038
Voters in Arkansas overwhelmingly supported a measure that effectively banned gay and lesbian couples from adopting children or being foster parents--even though the wording of the measure did not include the words "gay" or lesbian."
The measure, which passed with about 57 percent of the vote, simply banned unmarried couples from adopting children or from being foster parents. However, the measure's sponsor, the Arkansas Family Council, made it clear it didn't want gay and lesbian couples adopting and furthering the "gay agenda."
"I think the voters realized that this was about child welfare rather than the rights of adults," Jerry Cox, the Arkansas Family Council's president, told The Associated Press.
Opponents of the ban say those who voted in favor of the measure made it much more difficult for foster children and children up for adoption to find caring and loving homes.
"The biggest thing to take away tonight is that the children in the foster-care system were dealt a pretty serious blow," Brett Kincaid, director of the campaign that opposed the measure, told the AP. (Source)
Tickets to the 56th Inaugural Ceremonies will be provided free of charge and distributed through Members of the 111th Congress. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies does not provide tickets to the public. Members of the public interested in attending the Inaugural Ceremonies should contact their Member of Congress or U.S. Senators to request tickets.
The public should also be aware that no website or other ticket outlet actually has inaugural swearing-in tickets to sell, regardless of what they may claim. Tickets will not be distributed to Congressional offices until the week before the inauguration and will require in-person pick-up.
“Any website or ticket broker claiming that they have inaugural tickets is simply not telling the truth,” said Howard Gantman, Staff Director for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. “Tickets for the swearing-in of President-elect are all provided through members of Congress, and the President-elect and Vice President-elect through the Presidential Inaugural Committee. We urge the public to view any offers of tickets for sale with great skepticism.”
Legitimate ticket brokers -- the same companies that peddle tickets to rock concerts and NASCAR races -- are selling tickets to the swearing-in of Barack Obama for thousands of dollars, even for standing-room areas on the National Mall.
Organizers of the inauguration say it violates the spirit of the event and could spell disappointment for people who buy tickets for the January 20 ceremony.
"We think it's absolutely insane to be selling those tickets. We understand some people want to make a buck, but for those people thinking of buying tickets, it's buyer beware," warned Howard Gantman, staff director of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
The government has printed 250,000 tickets so far, holding them in a secure location. For information on how to get one, check out http://inaugural.senate.gov/.
Ticket brokers act as middlemen, selling inaugural tickets they say they purchase from Capitol Hill employees and people who get them from members of Congress.
Since the government releases tickets at the last minute -- less than a week before the inauguration -- ticket brokers cannot ensure they will receive enough tickets to cover their orders.
Web sites promise a full refund if tickets are not secured to buyers, but that offer may be little consolation to people who invest in a trip to Washington to see the inauguration.
Since tickets do not have attendees' names on them, Gantman said it's inevitable some will be sold.
"Some will be distributed this way. It happens with baseball games and concerts. But we are going to take every step we can to make sure these tickets get into the hands of those who themselves intend to attend this event."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the inauguration committee, said Monday she she was prepared to ask Congress to make it a crime to scalp inauguration tickets.
"We have heard reports that there are people trying to scalp Inaugural tickets for more than $40,000 each. This is unconscionable and must not be allowed," Feinstein said in a statement.
"This inauguration will be the major civic event of our time, and these tickets are supposed to be free for the people. Nobody should have to pay for their tickets," she added.
The inaugural committee is alerting lawmakers that it is a violation of Congress' code of ethics for members or staff to sell their tickets. (Source)
They [blacks] showed themselves every inch as stupid, bigoted and ignorant as their white christian counterpartners who voted for mccain-palin. "Now all these ni**ers walking around with their ni**er attitude will suddenly seem like they have manners because there is one half breed ni**er puppet in the white house"
Barr blamed "immoral and hateful black pastors and clergy" for the results and preached her solution before calling for religious black voters to "repent": (Source)
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
November 4th was a historic moment not just for the African American residents of my native town of Port St. Joe, but for all the residents across the country that supported and helped to elect Senator Barack Obama the first African American president of the United States of America. To my amazement when I received a copy of my hometown newspaper, The Star, there was no mention of this historic event ANYWHERE in the November 6th edition. However, I was able to find on the cover page a headline stating that “McCain wins Gulf County”. Yes, this may have been true, but out of respect for the 2,144 citizens of Gulf County who voted for President elect Barack Obama there should have been some mention of his victory as well as its significance to this country’s history. I really would like to believe that this was some form of oversight or maybe there was just no room anywhere in the paper to squeeze a line or two about the Presidential election, but we all know better.
Whether your personal preference was for Senator McCain or for President elect Obama, as a journalist I believe that one should be held to the highest standards of providing unbiased reporting to his or her readers. The Star missed out on the opportunity to capture in print a great moment in history. Imagine how great it would have been 20 years from now for my son to look back at a clipping from my hometown newspaper to witness when history was made. Regardless of whether or not the Star or any other local newspapers would like to acknowledge the facts, Barack Obama is the next President of the United States and that includes Gulf County, Florida.
CNN) -- President Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcomed President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, to the White House on Monday afternoon.
Bush and Obama held a private meeting in the Oval Office, while the first lady gave the incoming first lady a tour of the residence.
The president and president-elect walked together along the colonnade by the Rose Garden before entering the Oval Office together. They briefly waved to reporters along the way.
Obama and Bush were not expected to speak on camera following their meeting.
An aide to Obama said they were "going to let the pictures speak for themselves."
The two met in the Oval Office for just over an hour. When President George H.W. Bush hosted President-elect Bill Clinton after the 1992 election, the two talked for nearly two hours.
Monday's meeting was a historic formality, but it was also a time for serious talks. It marked the first time that Obama has visited the Oval Office.
The two were expected to discuss "a broad range of issues," focusing on the economy, according to a leader of Obama's transition team. (Source)
*Barack Obama's Presidential victory Tuesday night inspired fellow Chicagoan Common to leak the song "Changes" from his upcoming album "Universal Mind Control," due Dec. 9.
"I wrote this song to inspire the young world to believe that change can happen. To be honest, I also envisioned it as a great inaugural song for Barack Obama," said Common of the track, which features singer Muhsinah Abdul-Karim as well as a spoken word appearance by his daughter Omoye.
Hopeful about Obama's chances of a victory, Common was inspired to pen "Changes" during the campaign, but when hope became a reality, he was moved to leak the song ahead of schedule, according to a statement from thinkcommon.com.
Common has always been vocal about his support of Barack Obama and was even the first hip-hop artist to name check him in a song almost four years ago.